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Football: Gower rattles Robins; SOUTHEND 2 CHELTENHAM 0.

CHELTENHAM got off to the worst possible start on their return to Division Three when they were hit by two Mark Gower goals including an injury-time penalty.

Southend had the better chances in the first half and deserved their 33rd-minute lead.

Ex-Barnet midfielder Gower struck a fine strike on the edge of the box with the effort going in off the post.

Southend started to take complete control with Cheltenham struggling to put together any worthwhile attacks.

Corbett was booked for a foul on Anthony Griffin while Shane Duff was carried off on a stretcher with a leg injury after chasing Husbands.

Corbett and Broughton went close towards the end as Cheltenham were reduced to 10 men after midfielder John Finnigan was the second Robins player to be carried off after all the subs had been used.

The killer blow for Robins came in stoppage time when Corbett was brought down by substitute Ben Cleverley with Gower sending Steve Book the wrong way from the penalty spot.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Aug 10, 2003
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